I would like to say that I am not a ‘gun nut’. I recently sold my guns to pay for car repairs. I need a car way more than I need a gun. I also am not a member of any of those silly-assed militia groups running around in the woods. I got my fill of running around in the woods with a loaded rifle in the Army. Not my idea of fun. I am not a member of the NRA nor do I subscribe to Soldier of Fortune magazine.
I am not a gun fanatic. What I am is an American who likes his various rights and liberties and won’t sit still while our elected officials slowly chip away at them.
Right now there is an e-mail going around stating “Obama’s new Attorney General, Eric Holder, has already said this is one of his major issues. He does not believe the 2nd Amendment gives individuals the right to bear arms.” It then invites you to vote in a poll taken by USA Today at this link: http://www.usatoday.com/news/quickquestion/2007/november/popup5895.htm.
I went to the link and was very pleased to see that 97% of the vote was for our right to bear arms. YAY! It is a truism when you say “make guns illegal and only criminals will have guns.” However, this isn’t what I am worried about. Our right to bear arms isn’t so we can protect ourselves from the anti-social members of our society. Nope. It is to protect us from our own government. Yep. Our bearing arms keeps them from turning into a (more) repressive body. We don’t need another King George III running the show. They have already forced us to wear seatbelts “for our own good.” Many states require auto insurance “for our own good.” These are relatively benign rules, and they do make sense, but where does it stop? Marijuana is illegal “for our own good” even though it has medical benefits when used properly. Back in the 1920s alcohol was illegal “for our own good.” Well, that just made a number of criminal organizations more powerful. Fat lot of good that did us. Now, before I go any further on a tangent, let me point out that when we let the government take away our rights “for our own good,” we are, in effect, being infantalized. It is assumed we are incapable of governing ourselves in our day-to-day activities. Where does it stop? Do we allow our rights to be chipped away until we end up eating dinner with a cop standing over us to make sure we eat our veggies? (I guarantee you’ll need to hold a gun to my head to make me eat brocoli.) All “for our own good?”
We, or at least I, are adults. We don’t need “Big Brother” deciding every little aspect of our lives for us. We have the Bill of Rights to prevent that very thing from happening. Take away one right, and the rest will be soon to follow. Today our guns, tomorrow…what? I’d rather not find out.
This has been a Wolf Rant